CIM Distinguished Service Medal

For meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry

Origins & Conditions


This award was inaugurated by the 1956-1957 CIM Council for distinguished or meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry, of a nature not necessarily technical or scientific.  

The CIM Distinguished Service Medal criteria and other information:

  1.  The award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but not more than one award shall be made in any given year.
  2. Every nomination must be accompanied by a statement giving clearly the reasons which, in the opinion of the nominators, make their nominee a suitable candidate for the award.
  3. The nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Standing Committee, which will report its recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer.
  4. The report received by the Chief Executive Officer shall be presented to CIM Council for consideration and approval not later than the last Council meeting held prior to the next CIM Convention.
  5. The members of the Committee shall not be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  6. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the course of the CIM Convention following the announcement of the award, or at such a time or place as CIM Council may direct.
  7. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.



Michael Allan

Past President of CIM (2009-2010)

Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Michael Allan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1973 with a B.A.Sc. in mineral engineering. 

On graduation he worked at Gibraltar Mines (McLeese Lake BC) for 4 years. In 1977, he joined Teck Corporation for the startup of the Afton Mine for 3 years in Kamloops followed by four years at the Highmont operation in the Highland Valley as Mill Superintendent. 

Starting in 1984, he worked in consulting engineering with Wright Engineers in Vancouver where he worked on projects in Chile, Spain and in Canada. In 1994 he moved to H.A. Simons and helped to establish the Simons Mining Group (which later became Amec). 

Allan re-joined Teck Corporation in 1998 to work as an Owners Technical Representative on the detailed design of the Antamina project in Peru. He was subsequently appointed vice president, engineering in September 1999. From 1999 to his retirement in 2013 he led the technical services group within Teck Resources Project Development Group. 

Allan is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of B.C. and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM). He has been actively involved in CIM activities since joining as a student member while in university. He was actively involved in several branches and is a past chair of the South Central BC and Vancouver Branches. He also served a term as CIM’s District 6 Vice President in 1997-98 and headed CIM’s Membership Committee for four years. He was named the Mineral Processor of the Year by the Canadian Mineral Processors in January 2008. After retiring from Teck in 2013, he continues to consult to the mineral industry on metallurgy and project development. In 2015, he re-joined CIM Council as a director-at-large and has served three two year terms in this role.


David Forrester

David Forrester has been active in CIM for over 33 years, including attending CIM Council on behalf of: Coal Division, Mining Society of Nova Scotia, District 1 and the Environment and Social Responsibility Society. He was a founding member of the Underground Coal Mine Safety Research Collaboration within the Underground Mining Society. 

He is a professional mining engineer with a doctorate from Nottingham England, 1974. He then worked in the UK coal industry also serving in the Institution of Mining Engineers. He came to Canada with British Mining Consultants in 1984, becoming a citizen in 1992.

Working from his NS base, Forrester served the Cape Breton coal industry as a consultant and Senior Research Manager for CANMET and then managed a regional consulting office. In recent years, as a Senior Mining Engineer with AECOM, he has contributed to the site remediation of the former Devco mine sites, the Sydney Tar Ponds and several northern mines. Further, he has completed a number of international assignments and played a significant role in a tunnel rehabilitation project in western Canada, taking it from prefeasibility through detailed design to construction.